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Report: NFPA's "Electrical Fires"
Author: Richard Campbell
Issued: March 2017


Report highlights

Fires involving electrical failure or malfunction:

  • Between 2010 and 2014, U.S. municipal fire departments responded to an average of 45,210 home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction. These fires caused annual averages of 420 civilian deaths, 1,370 civilian injuries, and $1.4 billion in direct property damage.
  • Non-home structure fires involving some type of electrical failure or malfunction accounted for an estimated annual average of 12 civilian deaths, 210 civilian injuries, and $614 million in direct property damage during this same period.

Fires involving electrical distribution or lighting equipment:

  • U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 31,960 non-confined home structure fires involving electrical distribution or lighting equipment in 2010-2014.
  • An estimated annual average of 14,760 non-confined and non-home fires involving electrical distribution and lighting equipment resulted in 20 civilian deaths, 190 civilian injuries, and $659 million in direct property damage each year.


Leading types of equipment involved in home fires involved electrical failure or malfunction

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